I enjoy making graphics with Photoshop. Most of the time I take a picture of an object and alter it. I took a few pictures of my son's pacifiers before throwing them away (since he finally doesn't use them anymore).
I digitally changed the color of the pacifier from blue to green so this card could be given to anyone expecting a baby, not just for someone expecting a boy. This is very easy to do. If you are interested in a tutorial on how to do this, I can put one together :-) Leave me a request in the comments.
When I see a layout I like I do a sketch of it in my notebook. I also create a digital sketch as well using Photoshop CS2. I've included my layout sketch for this baby card. You can click on the image to open a larger image. Then just right click on the photo to save it to your computer. I've also posted the pacifier image as well. Just click on it to open up a full resolution photo, then save it to your computer.
You have my permission to use this image on a card which you give someone as a gift. You may not use this image to make money, or as a freebie. You may post a link back to this post for other people to stop by and collect the freebie for themselves.
I am planning on posting more of my card creations, including the digital stamps so you can make your own cards!!
To make a mat for anything on a card, cut the mat 1/4" larger.
Example: You want to mat a paper that is cut 2 1/2" wide by 1" high. Your mat will be 2 3/4" wide by 1 1/4" high.
This will give you a 1/8" mat on each side. You can see the mat I used under the pacifier in the picture above.